Love Notes from a German Building Site, Adrian Duncan

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Paul, a young Irish engineer, follows his girlfriend to Berlin, and begins work on the renovation of a commercial building in Alexanderplatz. Wrestling with a new language, on a site running behind schedule, and with a relationship in flux, he becomes increasingly untethered.

Set against the structural evolution of a sprawling city, this meditation on language, memory and yearning is underpinned by the site’s physical reality. As the narrator explores the mind’s fragile architecture, he begins to map his own strange geography through a series of notebooks, or ‘Love Notes’.

This is at once a treatise on language, memory, building and desire, relayed in translucent Sebaldian prose in a voice new to Irish fiction.

Winner of the inaugural John McGahern annual book prize, 2020

196pp. | 136 × 216 mm
ISBN: 9781843517542
Publisher: The Lilliput Press

The Lilliput Press, one of Ireland’s smallest and most prestigious publishing houses, was founded in 1984 by Antony Farrell. Winner of The Bookseller Small Press of the Year in Ireland in 2020 and shortlisted for Small Press of the Year in 2019, the Press has been featured in the Guardian, the Irish Times and the Bookseller. More than 600 titles have appeared under our imprint; these encompass works of Irish interest in the areas of literary fiction, memoir and biography, poetry, literary criticism, current affairs and non-fiction. We also publish high-quality Irish history and have covered a wide range of topics in this area.